I got an email today from someone whose list I subscribe to. In the interest of helping all you webmasters out there, I am posting parts of that email that I believe you need to be aware of. It is as follows:
Why are there so many liars on the internet?
I did some research on some of the ‘Top Earners’ on the internet…and what I found was unbelievable!
One of them who ‘Made $426,000 in 4 Months Online with _______’ lives in a studio apartment in a tiny town in Texas for $280 per month.
Another one who is the ‘Top Internet Millionaire’ with the _______ home business is actually still living with his parents-
Is lying necessary ?
In addition, this other email is quite helpful in sifting out those sites that make false claims. Many persons have been caught by them, but you need not be the next victim:
There’s turmoil in the online advertising arena right now, so
please be careful when choosing where to place your ads. Here are
a few suggestions that may help you to avoid the blatant scams:
1. Try to avoid traffic and advertising sources that do not provide
contact information on the site. At the very least the website
owner should provide an email address, and he/she should answer
their email in a timely manner. Shoot them off a question just to
test their response time…you shouldn’t have to wait more than
48 hours for a reply.
2. Avoid sources that use the term “blaster” to describe their
service. Blasters don’t work, they never did.
3. Avoid sources that claim to have access to email addresses for
customers of the following companies: PayPal, Ebay, MySpace,
YouTube, Google, Yahoo, etc.. Come on people, do you really think
these “big guys” allow their customers to be spammed by internet
4. Although Alexa.com isn’t foolproof, it shouldn’t be disregarded
as a method for checking the popularity of a source, especially when
that source claims to be able to generate visitors to your site.
After all, if they can’t get visitors to their own site, how are
they going to get them to yours??? On many occasions you’ll find
these sources have Alexa rankings well over one million. We like
to see sites with rankings of 500,000 or less, however there are
good sources out there that fall well over this limit. Remember,
Alexa isn’t an exact science, but sometimes it can be a good
5. Do a quick “scam check” on Google. Simply search for the name
of the source followed by “+ scam”. For example, if we were
researching a source by the name of “RedHotTraffic” we would enter
the following search term in Google: RedHotTraffic + scam
Also, here’s a quick “head’s up” on a few programs that are
questionable at the moment:
Bulldog Safelists – The owner has reportedly fell ill and is not
answering emails or running campaigns…even though they continue
to accept new orders.
10000FreeVisitors – Not answering emails or filling orders.
Apparently, they are under new ownership, but this is NOT the way
to start a business.